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The Hermitage is decorated with risqué eroticism. Photo: Roberto Fortuna

Eroticism and hunting

The Hermitage exudes tales of eroticism

Christian VI was no womaniser. He remained faithful to his wife Sophie Magdalene, and wild animals were all that he chased in his forests. Nevertheless, various features in the décor of the hunting lodge mix eroticism with hunting. One of them is the plaster relief in the dining hall.

The Hunter Actaeon eavesdrops on Diana

The hunter Actaeon eavesdrops on Diana the goddess of hunting, while she bathes in a spring with her nymphs. The goddess discovers Actaeon and turns him into a deer. Actaeon ends his days in the jaws of his own dogs that tear him to pieces.